A man was shot to death Friday morning in Gentilly near the corner of Hamburg and Lafreniere streets.

Police said the victim had been driving a Kia SUV and noticed that he was being followed. He stopped and left the vehicle at that point, police said, in an apparent attempt to distance himself from two children who had been in the vehicle with him.

Police said he was shot about half a block down Hamburg Street. They have not released his name or age.

A group of relatives had gathered near the man’s body by late morning, and several had to be held back by officers from entering the crime scene.

The two children were released to the custody of relatives.